FAMILIES are being offered a great day out in the countryside near Grantham – and it’s all for free.
Farmer Brian Spence is opening up the gates to Great Wood Farm at Boothby Pagnell and offering a host of fun activities at on open day next weekend.
Brian’s family, the National Farmers Union and various experts and enthusiasts will be involved in the event, which is aimed at helping people discover more about farming and the countryside.
The open day at Boothby Pagnell is backed by the Grantham branch of the NFU, and similar events are being organised across the country.
But the Great Wood Farm open day will be one of the most appealing for families, offering a variety of fun activities appealing to all ages.
Children and mums and dads will have the chance to follow a nature trail, travel in a trailer towed by a tractor, get up close to pet pigs, lambs and other animals, and watch sheep being sheared.
There will also be displays of farm crafts, including spinning, and a collection of vintage tractors.
NFU Grantham branch agent Alison Gemmell said: “Open Farm Sunday is our chance to give people a good day out while letting members of the public see for themselves what really goes on on our farms.
“We want people to understand what goes into their pint of milk or beefburger and to see why the British farming industry can be proud of what it does and of its high welfare and conservation standards.”
Brian Spence, his wife Kathryn and their daughters Charlotte, Kate, Jessica and Victoria live on the farm.
Brian looks after the farm and animals and the whole family help him at various times of the year.
There are about 150 sheep and there were around 240 lambs born this year.
The main crop is currently grass, which will be used for hay for horses. Brian also has a field of wheat and is heavily involved in stewardship schemes to care for the countryside.
lThe Great Wood Farm open day is on Sunday, June 17, from 10am to 4pm.